Monday, August 18, 2014

FRC's Peter Sprigg exploits Robin Williams' death to push 'ex-gay' therapy

Peter Sprigg
I've railed on the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg on numerous occasions for his eagerness to smear the lgbt community via cherry-picked and discredited information so very little this man does surprises me. However, I am speechless at the poor taste and extremely bad judgement behind exploiting Robin Williams' recent suicide to push the phony science of 'ex-gay' therapy.

From Equality Matters:

In an August 18 post for the FRC’s blog, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg compared the late actor’s struggles with addiction and depression to people struggling with “unwanted same-sex attractions.” Noting that states like California and New Jersey have banned so-called “sexual reorientation therapy” – which is opposed by the American Psychological Association and has been associated with psychological damage in patients – Sprigg asked why social liberals aren’t also trying to “outlaw rehab”:
In the wake of Williams’ suicide, many TV commentators and friends of the late star talked about the challenges of mental illness (Williams suffered from depression), addictions — and rehab. I saw comedian Andy Dick say, “I’ve been to rehab seventeen times.”
In light of this history, I have only one question for socially liberal political activists — why aren’t you trying to outlaw rehab?
I ask the question because such activists are trying to ban a form of mental health treatment — not drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but “sexual orientation change efforts” (“SOCE”), also known as “sexual reorientation therapy.” Such therapy involves assisting people with unwanted same-sex attractions to overcome them.
Why would someone want to change their sexual orientation? Some such individuals are simply disillusioned by their experiences in homosexual relationships. Some have legitimate concern about the well-documented health problems associated with homosexual conduct (especially among men), such as high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, of which HIV/AIDS is only one example. Others may seek help in conforming their behavior and lifestyle to the teaching of the religious faith to which they are committed. Some may aspire to a traditional family life, raising children in a home with both their mother and father present.
Whatever the motivation, there are those who have simply made a choice to walk away from the homosexual lifestyle, without clinical help — much like how Robin Williams simply stopped using drugs and alcohol in the 1980’s. Others have sought professional help, perhaps at the urging of family members, in the form of “sexual reorientation therapy” — much like when Williams entered a formal alcohol rehab program in 2006. Whether simply through personal development, religious counseling, or with the help of a licensed or unlicensed counselor, thousands (if not millions) of people have experienced significant changes in one or more of the elements of their sexual orientation (attractions, behavior, or self-identification). [emphasis added]

The sad irony is that junk like what Sprigg wrote contributes to the depression rate in lgbts. And it proves that no matter how much of a Christian veneer it seeks to put on, trash can't help but be trash.

The link to Sprigg's post is above and it includes a comment section. Feel free to weigh in. However, if you comment, make those comments in a polite, respectful manner displaying righteous indignation, but not wanton ignorance.


Erica Cook said...

The reason why they feel they can say these things is because they no longer see psychology as valid. They see it as a threat to them because it no longer uses the bible to judge normal. It used to, which is why being gay was considered a mental illness. Now that their "treatments" are under attack they use the argument that this is the same as helping someone through a real mental illness. If you remember Scott Lively went straight to saying that the gospel singer had strayed from god because she considered psychology valid.

Scott Amundsen said...

The "reason why they feel they can say these things" is that it has been established that SOCE and "ex-gay" therapy programs DO NOT WORK. And it is not only insulting to compare being LGBT to an addiction, it is also the height of STUPIDITY.